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Fridirick Leboyer, whose light touch turned births into ‘nativities,’ dies at 98

It was somewhere around his 9,000th delivery that Fridirick Leboyer began questioning his methods and those of his colleagues – obstetricians who worked in noisy, brightly lit operating rooms and concluded each birth by picking the infant up by its heels and smacking it on the bottom. For Leboyer, who died May 25 at 98, it began to seem like the low point in an act that was no less painful than a stabbing. The French physician whose hatred of the medical establishment led him to stop using the title “doctor” and eventually close his private practice in Paris, was described variously as a quack, a radical revolutionary and a spiritual guru.

North Idaho doctor volunteers at free medical clinic he started

When Glenn Jefferson was in high school in Virginia, he had aspirations of becoming a medical missionary. That’s still on his to-do list, but the Lewiston resident answered another call 16 years ago, when he helped create the Snake River Community Clinic in Lewiston.

Does a doctor’s gender affect your chance of survival?

What if your doctor’s gender could influence your chance of surviving a visit to the hospital? A big study of older patients hospitalized for common illnesses raises that provocative possibility – and also lots of questions. Patients who got most of their care from women doctors were more likely to leave the hospital alive than those treated by men.

UO professor who donned blackface at party apologizes

EUGENE – A University of Oregon law professor who donned blackface as part of a doctor costume at her Halloween party has apologized, saying she only wanted to stimulate dialogue about race relations in America. Nancy Shurtz said in an apology released Friday that she wore a white coat, stethoscope and black face paint to portray Dr. Damon Tweedy, who wrote the best-selling memoir “Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine,” the Register-Guard reported on Saturday.

Talk about a hot career: Actor stars in both ‘Doctor Strange’ and new ‘Star Wars’

Over the next six weeks, Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen won’t be seen in just one monstrous project but two. He’s playing the chief villain Kaecilius in the latest big-budget production from Marvel Studios, “Doctor Strange.” If being in a comic book movie wasn’t enough, Mikkelsen stars in the next movie in the Star Wars universe, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” set to open in December.

Movie review: ‘Doctor Strange’ trippy, but familiar

“Doctor Strange” makes a big promise to infuse the superhero story with a much-needed frisson of strangeness. But as a product of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s hamstrung by its own origins. Despite the inventive visual imagery, city blocks that fold like origami and air that shatters like glass, it’s the same formula as the rest of the movies, which feel more and more like predictable products – down to the post-credits teasers – than films. Thankfully, it is an enjoyable product.

Ask Doctor K: Abnormal blood test not always cause for worry

DEAR DOCTOR K: Last week I received the results of some recent blood work. A few of my values fell just outside the normal range. My doctor says it’s fine, but I’m still worried. Do I need to be? DEAR READER: A printout of lab results typically indicates normal ranges for each blood test next to your personal results. If your personal result is right in the middle of the normal range, you’ll likely feel relief.

Ask Doctor K: A rectocele can cause variety of symptoms

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m a woman in my 60s. I saw my doctor because of rectal pain and constipation. She told me I have a “rectocele.” What does this mean? DEAR READER: The vagina is separated from the rectum by a wall of tough, fibrous tissue called fascia. Sometimes, an area of this wall gets weak, and part of the rectum bulges into the vagina. This bulge is called a rectocele.